Every state and territory in Australia permits sentences of life without parole.
As a country that claims to uphold the human rights of all – including those before the law – Australia should take notice of international practice when it comes to life imprisonment.
Julian Assange sought asylum and has remained in the Ecuadorian embassy in London since 2012.
A UN panel has called on the UK and Swedish governments to ensure Julian Assange’s human rights are respected and to compensate him for his time in 'arbitrary' detention.
Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender inmates face violence and intimidation. And prisons are struggling to address their needs.
A recent Human Rights Watch report condemned Australia for its ‘abusive’ approach to asylum seekers.
Strong evidence backs the increasing weight of international sentiment opposing Australia’s human rights record. Australia may already have pariah status in terms of its asylum policies.
New arrivals will be searched and told to give up items of value.
For many, it evokes memories of the Holocaust. So how can the government justify it?
Workplace surveillance is creating a culture of suspicion that harms employers and their staff.
Residents of Rio's favelas are facing forced evictions – but they're not moving out without a fight.
The faces of 21 people tried for involvement in kidnapping, torture and murder at a dictatorship-era detention centre.
Argentina's right-wing press wants an end to "revenge" for crimes committed under the old dictatorship. But revenge and justice aren't the same thing.
An excavator clears land for a palm oil plantation in southern Sierra Leone for a Lichtenstein-based a company. Such projects are criticised by some as ‘land grabs’.
International development banks are supposed to ensure adherence to human rights in the projects they fund. Instead, their practices provide fertile ground for human rights abuses.
Suharto’s military regime in Indonesia was long challenged by the works of Indonesianist Benedict Anderson, who died there this month.
The works of Indonesianist Benedict Anderson, who died last Thursday, challenged Suharto's military regime from the beginning.
Is Malcolm Turnbull’s rhetoric substantive, or will we just see the continuation of old habits?
Polls are revealing the vast popularity of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, but is his rhetoric of reform simply a matter of appearance, or a sign of substantial change in Australian policy?
Most Australians are unlikely to be able to describe the doctrine of the separation of powers, but they’re quick to assert their liberties under the rubric of a ‘fair go’.
The government’s uncontested assessment of national interest and security often trumps the rule of domestic and international law, as well as Australia’s obligations under human rights treaties.
In the 1990s, thousands of people in Peru were sterilised without their consent – but finally they now have a way to tell the world.
Robinson: ‘Climate change is a threat multiplier.’
UN special envoy and former Irish president Mary Robinson talks to leading experts about the 2015 Paris climate negotiations.
The response must be resolute, but it must be rational.
Less is often more – acting quickly in the wake of atrocities rarely leads to good laws.
The second Universal Periodic Review of Australia took place under the auspices of the UN Human Rights Council on November 9. Such reviews, which entail wide ranging scrutiny of a state’s human rights…
Australia’s response to its Universal Periodic Review by the UN Human Rights Council may be influenced by its bid for a seat on the council.
More than 100 countries have taken the opportunity to comment and make recommendations on Australia’s human rights record.
Great expectations after a historic vote.
Reuters/Soe Zeya Tun
With the opposition party on course to win a historic election, it's time to get serious on some difficult questions.
The role of police during the students protests has come in for strong criticism.
The #feesmustfall movement brought gains for democracy. As relatively free spaces for enquiry, universities have a public duty to fight, not facilitate, a slide into a national security state.
Maria Gloria Polimeno
When the 'Arab street' came to Downing Street, passions ran high and fear and loathing were in the air.